New Music


Bachelor of Music

New Music

Singer-songwriter Hera Hjartardóttir holding a songwriting workshop for Music students at UC.


First-year New Music courses include learning the basics of music technologies, the music industry, songwriting, recording music and notational composition for live performances.

Further studies will include more advanced composition and songwriting skills and digital music composition.

How to apply

Entry into first-year composition and songwriting courses are based on submission of a portfolio with previous related works. Submissions should be sent to the School of Music by 7 November 2017 for 2018 entry.

See the Bachelor of Music for more information.


See all New Music courses

Career opportunities

Majoring in music composition and songwriting will equip you with good notational and musical literacy skills, and set you on the path for a career in new music production. Students majoring in New Music have gone on into areas such as music recording, sound engineering and music technologies, as well as fields such as journalism, television and radio (planning and production), and publishing.

More information

School of Music
Phone +64 3 364 2183
Music building
Postal address
School of Music
College of Arts
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand